Molly's Kids

Molly’s Kids: Koltin McKinney. New doctor says old doctor diagnosed him with the wrong thing.

We first featured Koltin back in January. He’s from Conover, in Catawba County, and now 6-years old.

Then, and now. Follow-up to 8-year-old Randyn Simpson... one decade later.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Nicholas (Nick) Smith. 11-year-old in Concord

Molly’s Kids: Bedside music inside Levine Children’s for Bethany Childers

Molly’s Kids: Alan Jackson gets care package to Statesville boy

Molly’s Kids: Emma Holt. The difference a few years can make.

Molly’s Kids: Ally Davis marks big time 1-year celebration

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Molly’s Kids: Allie McDaniels got her yearbook today

Molly’s Kids: Madison Graham

#MollysKids: Perspective from Mia Furrer

Molly’s Kids: Meet two sisters in Lenoir with same genetic disorder

Molly’s Kids: 6-year-old Cayden Cook in Statesville, diagnosed with a rare neurogenetic disorder

Molly’s Kids: A story of strength and determination.

Molly’s Kids: 15-year-old Adam Kincaid could use some good news

An update tonight on 15-year-old Adam Kincaid. Unfortunately, the update is not excellent news.

Molly’s Kids: Update on now 15-year-old Emily Cook, living with KIF1A

We’ve been following Emily’s journey with KIF1A Associated Neurological Disorder for three years.

Molly’s Kids: Reminder how small gifts can continue to mean big things

Email from mom of Andrew Higgins, one of our #MollysKids who lives with Ehrlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Molly’s Kids: 2nd annual World Rare Disease Day rally in Charlotte

Taylor lives in Charlotte with PURA Syndrome. She’s 1-of-350 individuals worldwide with a known case. Her mother, Amanda Shanks, says it causes intellectual disabilities and motor delays.

#MollysKids: Google Searches

Here’s a twist: #MollysKids helping other #MollysKids

Molly’s Kids - Concord 8-year-old Lexi Cunningham is finally cancer-free

Molly’s Kids: Ella McKee’s brain is disappearing

Molly’s Kids - new diagnosis for Miss Teen United States contestant, Abigale Smuda

Molly’s Kids: Imagine if you lived with the flu every day

Molly’s Kids: This 5-year-old is FINALLY seizure-free

As an itty-bitty baby he was having multiple seizures a day. For months, the intensity and frequency increased.

Molly’s Kids - In between high school and a job, Mayson Archer is now dealing with Leukemia

Mayson Archer is a student at Discovery High School at Newton-Conover, taking both high school classes and college courses.

  Anonymous Good Samaritan gives Celine Dion tickets to #MollysKids

Céline Dion performed Tuesday night at the Spectrum Center in uptown Charlotte and 15-year-old Ally Davis was there because of you guys.

Molly’s Kids: Drake and Vivian O’Sullivan

Two children of a South Carolina couple live with NKH (Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia), a genetic disorder so rare that only 500 people in the world live with it.

#MollysKids: My ‘Asperger’s Kid’ has grown into a ‘Great, Young Man.’

Eric now currently works at a marketing agency in Hickory and still has his love for journalism. He graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018.

Molly’s Kids: Gabriel Revis is turning 5

At birth, his mother was told he wouldn’t make it three days. Now look at him. Thursday is his 5th birthday.

#MollysKids: 14-year-old Madeleine Crowell lives with something you’ve probably never heard of

Madeleine was born with Hydrocephalus. This means she had an increased amount of cerebral spinal fluid within her brain’s ventricles.

Molly’s Kids: Full Circle, it’s twins for the Hamilton Family!

Good, bad and always real. This update falls into category of “out-of-this-world-kharmic-fantastic.”

#MollysKids: ‘We don’t know’ turns into ‘we think we have an answer!'

When Crystal Bridges first reached out, she wrote a winding email that could be summarized with three words:“We don’t know.”

Emerson Holder, almost 1 year old, living with two rare illnesses

The unknown can be scary, but faith, happiness and hope have gotten Emerson and his family through the first year.

4-year-old Benjamin Vance in Morganton, newest one of our #MollysKids

Benjamin turned 4-years old last month in Morganton, and is one of nine children. Ben also lives with a rare form of dwarfism called Hypochondroplasia.

Molly’s Kids: Maddox Gibson recovering from his eye tumor surgery

Doctors were able to get 90 percent of the tumor off his eye. His mom Lindsay says he was out of the hospital in three days and you’d “never know he had major surgery aside from the incisions.”

Molly’s Kids: Lucy Kale has a genetic disorder so rare, it doesn’t have a name

After years of struggling with schools, Lucy's parents now have found a loving classroom for their daughter.

Molly’s Kids: Preemie Everleigh Rose out of hospital for Thanksgiving, now home

Remember Everleigh Rose Simmons? She was the newest one of our #MollysKids a month ago. She was born in September at 25-weeks, weighing a slight 1-lb, 13-ounces.

Molly’s Kids: NC 8-year-old needs kidney by end of year

Isaac Coleman is running out of time for a new kidney.

  #Molly’s Kids: 15-month-old has had seven brain surgeries

A beautiful, big-eyed reason to count your blessings.

Want to join a New Year’s Day Polar Plunge to help one of our #MollysKids?

Adam Kincaid and his family spend too much time in Boston.

Molly’s Kids: Kyndal Herman. Do you know what living with CF is really like?

12-year-old Kyndal Herman has an invisible disease.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Bryson Helms. This Boy Scout lives with Chronic Pancreatitis

Catching up on so many amazing new #MollysKids stories... happy to introduce you guys to Bryson Helms, a 5th grader at Balls Creek Elementary in Newton. He lives with Chronic Pancreatitis.

Molly’s Kids: Indian Land mother donates her kidney to her son. Both doing well.

Jeff Brown and his wife Erin have waited over two years to give this update: Their son, Lukas, just received a new kidney. Mom Erin was the donor.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Cole Russell. Gastroschisis. Never heard of it? His mom hopes to educate you.

He was in Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital for 93 days – June 26th to September 27th – for complications from a defect he was born with: Gastroschisis.

#MollysKids: Sofia Copp is now a junior reporter with the UNC-Charlotte soccer team

Levine Children’s sent Sofia Copp to interview the UNC Charlotte Men’s Soccer Team. This south Charlotte 11-year-old also met the entire football team.

  Molly’s Kids: Love A Little - Noah Ballard and Mason Coffey

For five years now, Noah has helped make his classmates more aware of what Dwarfism is, and this year he got more creative by inviting his friend Mason in from Burke County to help the cause.

#MollysKids: Giving back to the hospital in her son’s memory

Those who knew Stephen don’t remember him by his illness. They remember him as a happy, popular kid at Salisbury High School. He won Homecoming King, had friends in every direction, and ended up getting his high school diploma while in the hospital right before he passed.

#MollysKids: Wrap up to ‘30 Kids. 30 Stories. 30 Days.’

September is a month to remind us pediatric cancer isn’t rare, and we all need to hug children a little tighter.

  Molly’s Kids: Sherry Pollex and her mission to help Charlotte fight cancer. Day 30 in ‘30 Kids. 30 Stories. 30 Days.’

Levine Children’s Hospital already, right this second, has programs in place for kids fighting cancer that include art and music therapy. All through Sherry.

September 27th: Ivy and Aubree Riddle. Two kids in family of 6 facing uphill medical battles.

September 27th: The Riddle family has six kids. Their lives are far from calm. But the fact that one daughter has already beaten cancer and another was diagnosed with Congenital Myasthenia Syndrome makes their lives indescribably crazy.

September 25th: Victoria Alexis Martinsen.

She was a regular happy-go-lucky, effervescent, opinionated, curious little 4-year-old when diagnosed on January 17th, 2007.

  September 24th: Seth Strickland, nine years later. This is one of the good stories.

We first featured Seth Strickland from Shelby over nine years ago. He was 12-years-old at the time.

September 20th: Merritt Plummer. 2-year-old with rare and unique cancer

She’s two years old. From Rowan County, in the town of Gold Hill. What you’re about to read isn’t pretty, but it’s real. I

September 19th: Facebook Live interview with pediatric oncologist

Dr. Chad Jacobsen, a pediatric oncologist in Charlotte, let Molly Grantham twist his arm enough to go live on Facebook and take your questions, and talk about his world with brain tumors and the children in our area who fight them.

September 18th: Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte... how you can help in ten days!

September 18th: This is about Carsyn Pendley. We met a year ago at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte Gala. She stole the show.

September 17th: Adam Kincaid. The ups-and-downs of a summer.

September 17th: Adam Kincaid had an eventful summer in his fight against NUT Midline Carcinoma.

September 14th: Hometown Heroes. Big Kids Helping Little Kids.

Ka’lon White is 8-years old and battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He has a lot of up-and-down days; his mom says yesterday was one of his best ever.

September 13th: Madison Fedak, cancer-free after nasty bone cancer

Though only six years old, Madison and her parents were also able to raise over $15,000 to give towards research through her Relay for Life Team. And last month, Madison hosted a blood drive.

  September 12th: Ally Davis just got great news, in a year she could use it

his 15-year-old is beating cancer, while WHILE taking college classes.

September 10th: Pixie Dust for Carter Bucciero

These 30 September #MollysKids stories highlight REAL kids in our community who battle. The stories are meant to be shared and educate, as they have every September since 2013.

September 8th: Jack Santos -- his sister was his “perfect match”

Excited to introduce you guys to 19-year-old Jack Santos. His sister is his perfect match.

“Please read.” A father’s lesson. #MollysKids

This clip of an email. Phew. It's written by a dad right this second living the a pediatric cancer reality with his 11-year-old son.

September 6th: TJ’s Team Tournament #MollysKids

Two years ago, this is how we introduced TJ Anderson:

September 5th: Brayson Melton. Graduated Clemson; beat childhood cancer.

Brayson was diagnosed in November of 2017 with Medulloblastoma. A brain tumor. Prior to his diagnosis, this Cleveland County teen was a three-sport athlete.

September 4th: Cashlin Izzard has quite a story: At 10 years old, he has beat cancer and heart disease.

Cashlin Izzard is a 10-year-old in Lancaster County who has gone through heart disease, a transplant, kidney issues and beaten a rare cancer.

September 3rd: Brinn Andrew. Diagnosed at 20-months-old. Not old enough to say she felt badly.

September 3rd: A routine trip to the pediatrician changed Brinn Andrew’s family forever.

September 2nd. Lincoln County is on board.

Michelle Love knows pain is a big motivator.

September 1st: Elizabeth Brooks. The cycle continues. Welcome to Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.

Elizabeth Brooks. Sixteen years old in Marshville, Union County.

#TeamMollyTuesday: Meet Survivor Angel McCaskill

Angel McCaskill will be at Komen Charlotte’s "Race for the Cure" on October 5th. As a 12-year Survivor, she says she wouldn't miss it. SIGN UP to join her and our team http://tinyurl.com/TeamMolly2019.

Molly’s Kids: Allie McDaniels has another csf leak (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome)

Allie, a Molly's Kids from Statesville, has another csf leak. She lives with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and is having a difficult time.

Molly’s Kids: Emily Cook finds her people at a new KIF1A conference

We love Emily Cook from Shelby. Emily has KIF1A Associated Neurological Disorder (commonly called KAND). Her mom, Julie, is amazing. Constantly researching and trying to find answers.

Molly’s Kids: Connecting family of a rare disease together

Eldon Self's mom desperately wondered if there was any one else out there dealing with the same thing. Turns out, there is.

NC teen only one of 50 people in world to live with condition

Meet Eldon Self. He lives in Leland in Brunswick County, but travels to Charlotte often for tests and treatments.

Molly’s Kids: Gaston County 8-year-old dies from brain tumor DIPG

We met him as one of our September #MollysKids. This calm, kind Gaston County boy smiled throughout our entire Christmas party here at WBTV.

Molly’s Kids: Did you know today is Koolen-de Vries Awareness Day? (We didn’t either.)

Koolen-de Vries Syndrome is something you’re born with. There are a huge spectrum of characteristics presented with those who live with the disorder.

Cassidy Hooper gets new nose, again

She is one of the few people in the world born with no eyes and no nose.

#MollysKids: Vance High School student has bone marrow transplant TODAY

He’s 16. His name is Tyler. Up until March 14th, he was at Vance High School​ playing sports and working.

Molly’s Kids: Preston Cope is the only child in the world with these two conditions

Preston Cope of Gaston County will turn 2 this December. Especially important to note, considering this Belmont boy wasn’t supposed to live past his first few days of life.

Molly’s Kids: A miracle in Kings Mountain named Corben Elmore

This Kings Mountain boy was born 17-weeks premature because his mother was reportedly a drug addict, using while pregnant, and didn’t get prenatal care.

Molly’s Kids: New diagnosis for Zander Brafford; also still some mysteries.

Zander has been admitted to the hospital three different times. Each time, a new reason with new symptoms. Scary, his mom says, for their family.

Molly’s Kids: Welcome to the House of Hearts and Hope!

This townhome is called The House of Hearts and Hope. It’s 7-miles from Duke Hospital in Durham. It’ll be free to families who stay there. There are three bedrooms – each with unique decorations. The entire home is an ode to Lyndsi’s son, Luke.